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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,617Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 231 out of 670

$412K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 256 out of 670

330 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in West Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,741 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in West Virginia
LISINOPRIL 429 348 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 334 290 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 259 212 3 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 259 185 3 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 223 160 S3 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 202 143 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 185 137 7 8
CRESTOR 173 106 8 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 139 92 9 20
TRAMADOL HCL 133 63 10 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 128 94 11 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 115 12 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 125 88 13 2
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 90 14 27
GABAPENTIN 117 83 15 11
IBUPROFEN 113 88 16 50
WARFARIN SODIUM 95 91 17 13
CLOPIDOGREL 94 79 18 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 84 66 19 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 62 20 26
SYNTHROID 79 74 21 47
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 72 62 22 111
PLAVIX 67 50 23 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 23 R 24 61
LOVAZA 64 48 25 108
LANTUS 63 55 26 58
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 37 27 30
NIASPAN 60 59 28 116
CYMBALTA 56 18 29 36
MIRTAZAPINE 55 55 30 59
ATENOLOL 54 46 31 17
DIGOXIN 54 54 31 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 54 54 31 15
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 32 34 79
ALLOPURINOL 51 35 35 38
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on May 8, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.